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Iron Maiden and Whitesnake producer Martin Birch, Dies at 71

by Erika Gimenes

Legendary rock producer and engineer Martin Birch has died at the age of 71.

Birch worked on some of the best-known albums in rock with bands including Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Fleetwood Mac and Rainbow.

“It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend and producer Martin Birch has passed away,” Whitesnake’s vocalist David Coverdale confirmed via Twitter.

In an interview with Classic Rock about 1982’s The Number Of The Beast, Birch said: “I had the same feeling on The Number Of The Beast as when we did Deep Purple’s Machine Head. It was the same kind of atmosphere, the same kind of feeling, like, something really good is happening here.

“I remember we spent ages getting the vocal intro to the title track right. We did it over and over and over until Bruce Dickinson said, ‘My head is splitting. Can’t we move on and do something else and come back to this?’ But I wouldn’t let him do anything else until he’d got it perfect. It drove him crazy.”

 

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